Jean O. Loyola

Field of award: Mathematics

Year awarded: 2004

Division: Mathematical Sciences


In recognition of her outstanding achievements in theoretical mathematics. In her two articles in Discrete Mathematics, Dr. Loyola, the only semigroup theorist in the Philippines, gave a final and complete answer to the following question: What is the best lower bound a(n) so that every sequence of length a (n) from a finite (regular) semigroup contains a subsequence whose product is an a element where a is one of the words or phrases “idempotent,” “regular,” “regular,” “group,” “core.” regular and core,” and “group and core?”. The question is of great importance in theoretic study and practical computations of finite semigroups as well as their applications in other areas like Formal Languages and Automata Theory in Computer Science. Dr. Loyola was the first to introduce the concept of e-variety and e-free objects for regular ring-semigroups, which have played a crucial role in the study of regular semigroups.

Current Position: Director

Office Address: Office of Institutional Linkages, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna

Education: PhD (Mathematics) Monash University, Australia 1996; MS (Mathematics) University of the Philippines,1991; BS (Applied Mathematics) University of the Philippines,1986